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Hurray for DUI crackdown

Hurray for Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell advocating tougher results for first-offense DUIs. A first violation can kill people just as easily as later ones.

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In praise of Al Kiefer

Al Kiefer recently retired from the Spokane Public Library after over 30 years of service. An article in the paper highlighted his dedication to accommodating the reading needs of people with limited mobility through the Outreach Program. I saw Al in action when I worked in apartments in downtown Spokane. He is a true gentleman and demonstrated a positive outlook on life. Totally deserving of this recognition.

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Pakootas is strongest

After reading the bios and comments of Joe Pakootas and Dave Wilson, I conclude that Pakootas is the strongest candidate for the 5th district to replace McMorris-Rogers. Joe has vastly more leadership experience, overseeing health, education and job issues on the Colville reservation and others; basically he governed a small nation.

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Suggestions for voters

People are becoming concerned about the upcoming primary and general elections. The three incumbent Washington State Supreme Court justices up for election should be replaced. May I suggest Greg Zempel replace Barbara Madsen, Dave Larsen replace Charles Wiggins and Gonzaga law professor David DeWolf replace Mary Yu?

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Thanks for flag editorial

I want to thank James F. Burns for his outstanding account of the American flag printed on your editorial page on our nation's birthday. Each time I read Burns' editorial, I'm filled with emotion and can't hold back the tears of pride I feel for that which our flag stands.

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Transport by truck?

Rusty Nelson ("Obsolete technology," July 10) says that technology should be found to eliminate transporting oil and coal by train. Unfortunately, we do not have that technology yet. Coal and oil will be transported one way or another, so we must decide how to transport it.

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Volz a perfect fit

A state representative is perhaps the most challenging, underpaid and difficult elected position in Eastern Washington. It requires exceptional communication skills and the ability to decipher and manage a multi-billion dollar budget along with a majority of 97 other state reps.

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FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2016

Amy Goodman: Terror, tennis balls and Tamir Rice 

To reinforce the Cleveland police, a large contingent of Indiana State Police showed up, then riot police were deployed. Finally, a phalanx of police on horseback arrived. All this for about 15 women and one man from Code Pink and their 500 tennis balls.

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Parting Shot — 7.28.16

Singer Carole King, a long-time resident of Idaho, performs during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia earlier today. King, whose hits include "You've Got A Friend," ...

Idaho Rep. Labrador is 6th-poorest member of Congress

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador is the sixth-poorest member of Congress, according to a comparison by, with an average net worth, based on his federal financial disclosures, of minus $216,000. ...

Top 21 reasons some here love hot weather

21. California envy. 20. Water recreation. 19. Mental illness. 18. Conducive to frolicsome attire. 17. "I feel the need, the need for chlorine." 16. Have AC and enjoy cranking it ...



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